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Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

I'm spending the day "loafing". I've gone for a walk, closed the books on 2010, except for one account and we're going to the neighbors for dinner. I won't be eating much as I have no appitite! Doctor fixed that one for me. So, I expect to lose more than 1 pound this week because eatting just to keep the brain functioning isn't what I call fun. But hey! I don't feel like cookies, pie, candy, or cake, so I'm counting my few calories and other nutrients as great!

Have a grand Christmas Everyone!


I've been a Turtle too long - Doctor says

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I've been a turtle for awhile, loving the easy pace, not feeling the pressure of having to climb over some obsticle in a rush, only to fall down the other side, breathing hard and feeling exhusted, but this turtle now has to kick it up a notch, per doctor's orders, so if you're hanging onto my tail, it's alright, but get prepared for a burst forward, I have to go. If you're in front of me, excuse me as I make my way around you in a hurry, doctor's after me. I'll try not to run over any of you as I make my way to goal in a rush, and I'll try to say hello to all I pass along the way, but I will probably be out of breath as I pass, so please take my rushing shell in good humor and wish me well. I know I won't enjoy this, but I also know that I need all the cherring I can get. I've got forty pounds to shed as soon as possible, oh, he's not making me run, but I've got to get my brain in gear for this again, so I better start out fast.

I'm currently on some medication that I don't like and the only way off it is to lose the weight or at the end of 30 days when the med runs out and I won't take any more of this stuff! But the bottom line is to get the forty pounds off so I can get off other medication and beat what's got me.

So I wish all of you grand success in reaching all your goals and dreams, health, wealth, and happiness. Have a wonderful Holiday Season. I'm learning how to find otherways to celebrate it instead of eating all the sugary stuff and by finding alternatives to smaller portions, better choices, and healthier cooking while I'm at it.

One thing I know and have known since the day I started this journey is; once I'm at goal, I'm not coming back to where I was at the begining of this journey. I'm going to hang around the goal and cheer the rest of you on! Seems to be my reason for living - cheering others on. It makes me happy to see turtles (people in general) win their goals. Makes me feel good, too.

So excuse my rush, I just need to get there soon.! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RONIE11 12/26/2010 12:04PM

    Ok I'll watch your run this race.. I know all about getting off the meds... its what keeps me eating right and not over indulging... I think do I really want to see the look on my doctors face when she says I have to go back on those meds.. NO WAY!!!! so I eat my salads...which I love,,,YAY.. I eat my dark veggies.. love them too..YAY!! and drink my water.. my first choice always anyway..another YAY!! I know I need more exercise.. I saw a store while we were shopping for last minute gifts.. Its Rite Aid... thats close to us and it has lots of exercise equipment.. like bands and small weights.. so I plan on going in there after I start working again and pick up some more things... Best of luck with your race to the finish line.. I know it will be a great day when you reach your goal...Ronie

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1BEACHWALKER 12/23/2010 10:44PM

    emoticon Track food everyday, exercise and check into SP everyday-it works like a charm. But, Only if you do it and stick with it! No excuses! We are in this together! emoticon

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COTTRELL11 12/23/2010 9:06PM

    Your goals and the end-of-medication rewards sound great. I like what you say about how cheering others on seems like your reason for living. Allow me this opportunity to cheer you on! emoticon

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SBILLIAN 12/23/2010 3:41PM

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METAMORPHOSIS36 12/23/2010 8:53AM

    Go, speedy turtle, go! emoticon

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FELICIAKS 12/23/2010 8:28AM

  I wish you the same--great success in all you wish for!

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A Thanksgiving Discovery!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Every Thanksgiving I, like most SparkPeople, are trying to figure out how to get through the food fest day of the year without gaining weight. Most of us are probably thinking, "If I can just maintain, I'll be happy, never mind about losing weight." I've thought the same thing. This year, my family went at it a bit different. We took Chef Meg's recipes and made them fit our lifestyle and it worked. I managed to lose a little over 1/2 pound and I still could have put more exercise into the holiday, but it seems amazing at how simple it was. But then SparkPeople make the entire process seem simple. I know it's not, but sometimes when I look back, it all seems so simple.

What was my surprise discovery this Thanksgiving? You know those bottles of Sparkling White Grape or Apple? I love those things. I stay away from alcohol because of the sugar, but you know I never even thought about looking at the nutrition label on the Sparkling White Grape and when I did this year, I nearly fell over. It's ALL sugar! Next year, I'm getting regular White Grape and mixing it with sugar free soda water or, if that still won't work, I'll find something else to make it feel like I fit in with the crowd around me all merrily drinking something I can't drink any more. I haven't even investigated alternatives yet, so suggestions will be appreciated. I may have to just give up on the "drinks" and live my life with filtered water, period. Oh well! Better living takes work since I learned it all wrong in the first place. Onward!!!

Thanks SP and SPFriends for making my journey easier than I ever thought it would be.

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DBFBILLY 11/30/2010 8:14PM

    That was a really good idea..i might do that for our Christmas. I like to put a few slices of fruit in my water..anything works, orange slices, lemon, strawberries..i enjoy it and drink more that way...
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41SUSAN14 11/30/2010 12:43PM

    Try fizzy water with a hint of flavor - 1/4 cup of orange juice, or something similar.

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JANETLP 11/30/2010 12:40PM

    Good Job, Yes, I gained but I've lost it all. Must have been the salty foods that caused em to bloat up. We also used many of the recipes for our imediate family dinner. But, the big dinner with all the Husband's family was a different story. They had no vegetables at all. Doesn't surprise me, one bit. No wonder thay all have high blood pressure and high cholesterol numbers!


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MYSTERY4EVER 11/30/2010 9:17AM

    I have become an avid label reader. It is shocking how much sugar is added to things that really don't need sweetening. How wonderful that your family was in this together.

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SKUNKY4 11/30/2010 7:56AM

    It really is simple! Sometime peer pressure gets the best of us. It looks like you have overcome that pressure! emoticon

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Yikes! What Happened???

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Our pool heater is dead! Every morning I go to the pool to check on the temp and pray that they fixed it yesterday and that it is at least getting warmer, but no luck. Having a pool that feels like ice water in Florida is like - have I moved to Antartica?

Now I get to figure out another form of sweating and killing myself with harder work. Well, I could be dead...then I wouldn't have to worry about any of it!

That is not going to work either. I guess the only thing left for me is to get out there and walk. Come on legs, it's flat ground! Last night's stair climbing machine is tucked away in the exercise room and I promise not to go near that door today. Ugh!


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LIFEISSWEET2 11/21/2010 12:19PM

    You could always try a community pool until your heaters fixed. In Maryland our pool days are way over so a part of me really envies you, cold water and all!

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MSJULES01 11/17/2010 4:10PM

    Maybe until the pool is fixed you could walk laps around that.
I am up in Northern Wisconsin and we are lucky if the highs are in the 30's. Snow is here to stay now until April.

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JENNYMOMMA3 11/17/2010 10:27AM

    I cannot share your feelings, I live in Indiana and right now our HIGHS are in the 50's...LOWS 30's. Hope it warms up for you!!

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LINDYPAINTS 11/17/2010 9:36AM

    LOL...poor thing... as the weather in Australia gets warmer, the pool is SOOOO inviting and there is no excuse not to get in and workout! I hope they can fix your pool heater soon so you can get back in and moving but til then... keep walking! emoticon
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Fresh Veggies Everywhere!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I went to a hydroponics (plants growing in water) farm not far from home and actually picked my own Swiss Chard and Spinach. I haven't been able to do that since my mom had a garden and she grew green beans, both red and white Swiss Chard, beets and tomatoes. So fun. I could have picked enough to supply several people who love Swiss Chard, but I held myself back.
I couldn't leave until I had several different things, acorn squash, string beans, and Brussels Sprouts. I went there on Friday and so far we have devoured the green beans and the Brussels sprouts. I never liked Brussels Sprouts before. I don't like tart or bitter. But you cut these guys in half and sauté them in bacon. The bacon hides the bitter taste and I can eat them. They are so good. Tiny little cabbages full of flavor and a little crispy around the edges. Tonight we had the beans. I don't usually like fresh string beans, but they are so good with a little salt and microwaved in a little water. Tomorrow - the Swiss Chard!
I can tell you, there is a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I love fresh veggies!
Check out your local farms when they are harvesting and if you have a CSA, check them out and seriously consider joining, if you can. The expense of fresh is worth every penny.

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SCHARFRED 11/14/2010 5:39PM

    Green with envy!

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TERWANTSTOLOSE 11/14/2010 7:33AM

    LOVE fresh veggies and fruit!!!! All sounds yummy .. and I LOVE brussel sprouts .. wish my kids did too!!! Its so good to support our local farmers.


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JANETLP 11/13/2010 11:02PM

    Wow! Must be a good season- as for me- Not the season for fresh veggies. I have to depend on stores to supply my fresh veggies. But, I'm with you! I love all the fresh veggies I can get my hands on when the weather permits. North Ohio just can't provide the fresh at this time!

Enjoy your harvest!

God Bless,

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